I didn't read the print version, but I did enjoy the audio version. The narrator does a very good job of giving each character a recognizable voice, making the dialog easy to follow, the internal discussion easy to recognize. This is definitely the type of book that lends itself to a well done audio production.
I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys a glimpse into others lives and getting a chance to see others point of view, but at times it was a bit like watching a reality TV show. If you want an easy listen with great narration, then this is a good choice.
I loved the scene where Lola travels with Claire to the performance in NY and sneaks out to buy the baby formula. It gave me reassurance that my neuroticism with my first born child wasn't all the different from others like me and it gave time to pause and give thanks for the women who helped me when I was working full time and raising small children, bringing me courage and comfort and expertise and confidence to one of the scariest roles I'll ever fill.
I know it seems cliche, but I would like to take Lola out and its because she is the most down to earth of them all; after raising her own children, she continues to sacrifice for them in ways we as American mothers can't imagine. Her move from being near the top of the social order in the Phillipines to near the bottom in America and her humility and grace are worthy of recognition and exploration.
The book rang true in many ways to my life in Los Angeles, but I will say that the Preschool Director is not given a fair representation. My child went to the best preschool in the greater LA basin, there in Santa Monica, and our Director was a wonderful asset and resource. My children are long past preschool age and I am still grateful to her for the environment she gave to my child.
10,000 hours baby! I tell me kids all the time about the need for 10,000 hours based on this book. Fascinating listen.
I was drawn into the life of Sayuri and couldn't wait to get back to the narration to follow her through her life: sold as little girl into slavery and moving up through the ranks to become a geisha in Japan during World War II. The strength and determination of the heroine will remind you of other strong female leads, i.e. Scarlett O'Hara.
From the very first story, you understand how smart, independent and self-sufficient Lily Casey Smith is. The down right fearlessness this woman must have possessed to go riding off on her horse as a teenager for weeks on end to become a school teacher is almost incomprehensible in today's day and age. Her strength and courage and perseverance are admirable and I loved the story of her facing down the Uncle in the Morman town. While Lily is the star of the book, I fell in love with her husband, Big Jim; he must have been some man.
This is an excellent listen and the author does a pretty good job of narrating. You can really hear her admiration for her Grandmother and you can kind of sense her journey of understanding and piecing together her own life story through the writing of this book. When I first started Half Broke Horses I had not heard of The Glass Castle, Ms. Walls' first book and personal memoir, but when I read about its focus on her chaotic childhood, I began to understand better what I had been "hearing" in the stories about Lily's daughter and the author's Mother, Rosemary.
If you loved the Little House on the Praire series as a child and/or if you enjoyed the fictional account of Tamsen Donner in Impatient with Desire, you will like this listen.
Eric Metaxas does a comprehensive and touching job of covering the life of a most amazing man, German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This book will likely change you and your relationship with God as it did me, as Bonhoeffer's love of God and commitment to live the Bible is both humbling and inspiring. The story gives the detailed history of Bonhoeffer's life, his philosophy and of the destruction of the Church of Germany with the rise of Nazism and the separation of the Confessing Church in protestation.
Through this telling of Bonhoeffer's life, you will come to know and love Bonhoeffer and his entire family and his dearest friends; you will be inspired to more fully live your faith as you read about their commitment to do whatever they could, many of them ultimately sacrificing their lives, to save Germany from Hitler. I was grateful for the focus on Bonhoeffer and the history of the church and the minimalist coverage of the actual atrocities.
Malcolm Hillgartner's narration of this audio book is one of the finest to which I have ever listened. I was sad to come to the end of this book, as I miss all the people very much.
This is a wonderful tale of band of male rabbits who strike out on their own and face great challenges as they look to create a new warren (rabbit community) when their previous warren is destroyed by humans. The adventures the rabbits face are exciting and thrilling and this proved to be an excellent story for my boys who range from preteen to early elementary, helping them to see the level of bravery and courage men must show and the great lengths they have to go through to be worthy of "Mothers".
If you want a great listen for long car trips or to sustain you through the summer, this is an excellent book.
If I do read this book again, it will likely be in book form to be better able to note the places and people the author references. As an adult fan of Lego, approaching Lego for the first time as an adult, I, like the author, am greatly interested in developing my skills as a creative builder. The author references many "famous" Lego builders and Lego museums and shows that I would like to be able to more readily reference.
The moment when the author and his father sit down and build together as adults was very touching. I do hope that after my own children get past their dark age with Lego that we too can sit down, as friends and fellow builders, and create together.
If you have an Adult Fan Of Lego (AFOL) in your house and want to better understand him/her, this is a book for you. If you are a new AFOL and want to hear more about the history of the product and learn more about builders, shows, museums and Lego Corporation, this is a great reference book.
The full cast narration makes the story easy to follow since it is told from many points of view. I enjoyed the story and appreciated the treatment of a pretty sensitve topic, even 50 years later. For the generation that came right as the civil right movement was happening, this can be an interesting point of view into the very turbulent time we were born. It is also this great tale of Mother and Daughter and the struggles we have to exert our independence and break free from expectations that are a generation too old.
My Hollywood by Mona Simpson. They are similar stories told from many points of view about the raising of children and white women's dependence on now immigrant labor to help balance the demands of life with child rearing.
I laughed out loud at the scene where the Minny takes on the naked man in Celia's front yard and I shed a few tears of happiness at the scene where Ablieen's church gives her a copy of the book and gives her one for Skeeter too.
I loved Minny, she was fearless and strong and outgoing and opinionated. Would love to have a few beers with her. But I think I'd like to have dinner with Skeeter, get her thoughts on what it takes to be both a Southernly woman, but also a strong and independent one.
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